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Pompeo to sign contract boosting US military presence in Poland

DPA
Warsaw
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is due to sign a contract to boost US military presence in Poland by an additional 1,000 troops during his visit to Warsaw, sources close to the presidential office said on Saturday.
Pompeo, as a representative of President Donald Trump, will sign the agreement, said Krzysztof Szczerki, head of Polish President Andrej Duda’s cabinet, according to a report by state news agency PAP.
The contract is the realisation of a declaration signed by the US and Polish presidents last year, he said.
Pompeo is set to begin his four-country tour of Central and Eastern Europe next week, starting off in the Czech Republic.
On his trip, he is also set to visit Slovenia, Austria and Poland.
He is expected in Warsaw on August 15. The agreement for closer military cooperation also foresees the transition of part of the headquarters of the US army’s V Corps to Poland, from Fort Knox in Kentucky.
The forward command will be manned with approximately 200 personnel on a rotational basis. Its mission is to conduct operational planning, mission command and oversight of the rotational forces in Europe, and coordination with European NATO partners, the army said.
At present, some 4,500 American military personnel are stationed in the Central European NATO member.